Cavalier, do @ before a name when you want to tag someone and get their attention--it also activates the popup menu. Otherwise they don't know to answer.Tom Elmore: Thanks for posting the above letter and where to find the others. Because I now live close to Archer's home town I have become interested in finding out more about him. pfcjking: It has been my impression that the guy who roughed up Archer from the Iron Brigade was an Irishman named Maloney. Could be wrong of course. I never heard the story about the sword. Thanks for that. Also thanks to everyone who posted information about Archer.
That's a post-war story that appeared in an account from one of Doubleday's staff and was then passed along as history by Doubleday and others.My GGGGrandfather served in Archer's Brigade (13th Alabama), having fought at Chancellorsville, then at Gettysburg, where he was captured on day 3.
From what I understand, Archer was pretty mad when he saw Abner Doubleday because he was beat up (unnecessarily from the account I heard) by a huge dutch sergeant from the Iron Brigade when he was captured.
If I remember correctly, Archer had offered his sword to a captain or LT on the scene, and this officer refused the sword, saying he only needed one sword on that field, and that he could keep his. Then when he arrived at Doubleday's HQ, some staff LT demanded he hand it over. Archer refused, stating that the man who earned it allowed him to keep it. Well, he didn't get to keep it, obviously.
So that might explain a little bit of his anger at Doubleday.
Also, I imagine that he was frustrated with the performance of the Division as a whole that morning, unsupported, unprepared, and poorly deployed as it was.
Heth, God bless him, seems to be somewhat of an example of nepotism. The fiasco on day 1 rest on his and Hill's shoulders, IMO.
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